The third ODI match between India and New Zealand will be played today (January 24) at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Team India defeated New Zealand by 12 runs in the first match. At the same time, in the second match, he had won a spectacular victory by eight wickets. In such a situation, if the ‘Men in Blue’ Indian team wins this match, then it will capture the series 3-0. India also has a chance to become number-1 by winning the third ODI. This match will be played from 1.30 pm Indian time.
Kohli-Rohit expected to explode
Opener Shubman Gill is in excellent form. Gill scored a double century in the first match and scored an unbeaten 40 in the second match. Captain Rohit Sharma also played a half-century in the second match and now he would like to make a big score in the third match. At the same time, Virat Kohli, who scored two centuries against Sri Lanka and one against Bangladesh, had failed in the first two matches, so his goal will also be to play big innings.
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Good innings were expected from T20 number-1 batsman Suryakumar Yadav but he failed in the first match of the series. Hardik Pandya is also not able to contribute enough in the middle order. Rajat Patidar, who is waiting for his debut, is also present in the squad. In such a situation, it has to be seen whether the team management gives Rajat a debut or not. Patidar has impressed with his performance at the domestic level. By the way, there is more possibility of change in the bowling department.
Umran Malik is likely to play
Fast bowler Umran Malik is expected to get a chance in place of Mohammad Shami or Mohammad Siraj. If there is a question of spin bowling attack, then the name of leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal can be considered. However, Kuldeep Yadav is unlikely to be left out as the 28-year-old chinaman bowler has done well for India in recent times. Washington Sundar is also expected to remain in the playing-11.
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On the other hand, New Zealand will try their best to prevent India from making a clean sweep by winning this match. New Zealand is missing its captain Kane Williamson in batting. New Zealand’s top-6 batsmen have scored 40 or more runs on only seven occasions in the last 30 innings. So far only Michael Bracewell has been able to make an impact in his batting order in the current series. Although Mitchell Santner also batted well in the first match in Hyderabad.
India’s unbeaten record in ODIs at this ground
The pitch of Holkar Stadium is considered favorable for the batsmen and here the bowlers will have to work hard to curb the batsmen. It should be seen that fast bowlers can get some help in the second innings, while spinners can prove to be effective in the middle overs. Indore’s ground has been very lucky for the Indian team as it has played five ODIs here and has won all of them.
India’s possible playing-11: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishaan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Umran Malik.
Possible playing-11 of New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c/wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner.